Backing up is the process of making copies (a backup) of data which may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.

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How do I have automatic encrypted backups? [migrated]

I have a jailbroken iPhone, 2 Laptops, and another server. I will set up these devices to backup files to a main backup server I have but I'm wondering how I can have this done automatically while ...
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How to backup files stored in a possibly infected computer?

I am to reinstall an old Windows XP installation. Before I format the drive, I have to backup some data (~200GB) like .doc files, pdfs, photos to an external hard drive. My concern is that this ...
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TrueCrypt Hidden OS Decryption

A couple of months ago, on my pc with Windows 7, i installed truecrypt and created a decoy system and a hidden os. I stored some really important documents and files on my hidden os that now i need ...
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How to keep important data secure in case of total compromise?

The question is simple, and really interesting at the same time. How would you keep your data secure in case of a total compromise of your infrastructure? This should NEVER happen, but as we all ...
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I want to roll my personal cloud hosted Password Manager using pass. How secure/insecure would this be?

I've come to the conclusion that I need to up my security. I currently have a dozen memorized passwords I use for every device and website. I'm against Keypass/Lastpass due to having to trust they ...
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Are backups really secure?

In many places a common practice is to connect in a backup drive at the end of the day and let the computer do an automatic backup in case of an emergency. I have been doing that for the past 2 years ...
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After restoring from a (valid) full disk backup can malware still persit?

In the comments to this question it is mentioned that even after a backup recovery malware still can persist. Do I understand that correctly? How is this possible? If Acronis True Image is used to ...
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Are cloud-based collaboration tools “safe”?

I've tried to bring in collaboration tools at my company such as Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, GoogleDocs etc. at our company but am finding it tough to get people on board. We use Sharepoint to store ...
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How do I properly bury a hard disk drive to keep it healthy?

As a way of backing up big amounts of data (about 1-2 TB) I thought it's good idea to bury a hard disk drive (in a damage-preventing shell) to be able to dig it later and read all the data from it if ...
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Where do you store your personal private GPG key?

So, I want to start using pass, but I need a GPG key for this. This application will store all of my passwords, which means it's very important that I don't lose my private key, once generated. Hard ...
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Is there a point in restoring from backups if you don't know where the virus came from?

It's been happening more and more frequently I get viruses with no idea where they come from. I have recent backups, but I don't know if there's a point in restoring since I would just install the ...
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What trust level should I give keys I need for encryption?

As I'm encrypting server backups, I typically install my public GPG key from a keyserver into me server's keyring: gpg --search-keys 6569758F I import the key into my keyring. I then attempt to ...
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Backup personal email on VPS - privacy, security and trust risks

FastMail.fm hosts my personal email account. Now they claim to have reliable backup services, but I'd like to have my own copy of my email archives. What I'd like to do is back up to my VPS, which ...
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Why not simply backup the TrueCrypt container file?

The TrueCrypt website has some detailed information on how to backup (TrueCrypt non-system volumes) securely, summarised below: Create a new TrueCrypt volume Mount the main volume. Copy all ...
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Protecting Backups from Viruses

Currently we are using ReadyNAS by NETGEAR to hold all our images from all our machines. My question is can viruses expand from the machines and infect the NAS drive and the backups? We are using ...
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Apple AirPort w/ open network + Time Capsule backups

We have an Apple AirPort running in our office. We are planning on opening a free Wi-Fi network for public use during a small event, but I started wondering about the safety of our Time Capsule ...
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Backing up SSL certificate private key files

What are some recommended practices for backing up SSL certificate private key files? I'm working in an environment where the public web servers are not backed up, because in theory the public ...
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best place to store backup encryption key [closed]

I have a server on which I keep an encrypted backup of some data. The server updates the backup once a day if the data has been changed and is physically accessible to many people. Further, I would ...
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Deduplication of Encrypted Files

Let's assume I have an 18GB database that is backed up nightly by dumping the database and then encrypted using a modern algorithm such as AES-256. This database has a daily update of rate of ...
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Encrypting Backups on Linux

I'm working on an automated backup solution to protect my files on my Linux servers. However, I'm not sure about how to securely encrypt the resulting archives. I am using 64bit linux, and I am ...
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Is a full backup the quickest or the longest on restoring [closed]

Studying for Security+ with Darril Gibson's book he says that "A full backup is the easiest and quickest to restore" Now I've been looking for another test exams and I found the MasterExam of the ...
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Backup schedule for Encryption Keys

How often should encryption keys be backed up? Should this be done on the same schedule as the encrypted content/configuration? That seems excessive, as the keys do not change as often. Perhaps ...
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Hacker problems - They stole my backups [closed]

I am facing an issue where hackers are seeking to compromise two of my servers. They succeeded in wiping out both and stealing my backups. I had off-site backups and I am back online. Nonetheless, I ...
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Backup media storage strategy

As a company we are performing daily backups onto RDX removable media which is fully encrypted (shows as unformatted drive) and the backup software also encrypts the files during the backup process, ...
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What should be backedup periodically? [closed]

I know of less than 10 data files I modify regularly that I want backed up. I did a full system backup and tried doing incremental backups every week but find it unnecessary and too long. For example ...
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Standards for secure key backup of master keys with secret sharing

In many cases, there is a single master key that is installed in a HSM or similar device, but which should be backed up. The recommended method for this backup in many cases is to encrypt the master ...
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Is physical tape backup better than disk to ensure integrity

When assessing tape backups vs online disc backups, which of them ensure better protection from integrity incidents. For example, if the system is compromised by attacker or virus or malware and I ...
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Auto encrypt chunks of content for backup, best practice?

I'm just curious and it's more like a mind game, I'm not into cryptography. How would one encrypt data that's constantly generated? Put the data automaticly into chunks encrypt the chunk and send it ...
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Backup TrueCrypt hidden volume [closed]

I have a usb stick witch is encrypted using truecrypt. How can I back it up? The only method that comes into my mind is making a image of the usb drive and then restore it. But 16 GB I think it will ...
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Privacy laws' right-to-amend (and right-to-delete) requests and archived data/backups

Under HIPAA and some privacy laws (in US, EU and other countries), the user has the right to amend (under some laws even delete) his/her data. What is the right way to handle a request to amend/delete ...
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Is there a way to make changes to a virtual machine, test it out, and automatically make same changes to normal machine?

Is there a way to install programs and make changes to a virtual machine and if they work ok have them applied to the "actual" machine? For example in this question when fiasco_averted says "...only ...
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Is there any way to list the contents of the iPhone/OSX Keychain and their security level?

I have a few apps that I purchased from the app store that probably store information in my keychain on OSX and on the iPhone. Since it's possible for keychain items to be bound to a device (and ...
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Are there any benifits to backing up when you have all the original installation disks? [closed]

Is there any benefit to doing a full system backup or differential backup if you have all the installers for programs you use and no special settings are needed? Most of my data files can be deleted ...
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How to back up encrypted data over a VPN connection? The encrypted container, the data within or encrypted individual files?

Given a (TrueCrypt) encrypted volume on one device A, what is the more secure way to back it up via a VPN connection to the physically far away device B? Backup the data: Requires the volume to be ...
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How do you prevent physical backups from being stolen?

I'm sure, by now, we're all aware of the need to encrypt backup disks, but what can be done on the physical security side of things to prevent backups from being stolen or damaged? Particularly: ...
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Sensitive information I don't want my work to backup

Can this be done safely? I want to print 2 pdf’s containing personal/banking information from a computer at work. It has CrashPlan Pro running and I don’t want a copy of the files to be made that I ...
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Amazon S3 Encrypted File Backup System

I am designing my backup system to Amazon S3 (probably Singapore) and I would like to have all my files strongly encrypted on the server. I use ArchLinux x64. My system will append only once an ...
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Where a sysadmin deletes a company's data, why can't they just restore from backups

As an example, in the UBS Duronio case, Mr. Duronio executed code that deleted everything in its path, but isn't there a backup server? Why was UBS hit by the loss of data? If the backup is available, ...
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How to backup database to comply with UK data protection act?

Charity has a server in their office onto which they backup a database with sensitive information. They want to get rid of this server. Is there a cost effective solution that would allow them to ...
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Safest and most secure way for backing up private data

Here is what happened, I first collected my data into one folder,tar'd it, encrypted it with gpg, put it in truecrypt container, and after that started to copy the container to another place, but ...
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Maximum protection on a computer network?

I would like to secure as much as possible a computer I am using to sync sensitive data files from work to my home pc. The syncronisation is being done by only 1 software is there a firewall to allow ...
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Secure sync of TrueCrypt containers

Need to sync arbitrary files within two TrueCrypt containers; one container is a backup, the other the one actively used by me, both are local during the transaction. Current concern security wise is ...
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It is safe to store photos and documents on skydrive / google cloud services?

I have over 20GB of photos and documents stored on my hard disk without a backup. I'm thinking about saving all of them in a cloud service such as Microsoft Skydrive or google cloud, but I'm wondering ...
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Is CIFS/SMB (Folder Sharing in Windows) secure?

I have to back up some data from windows 7 machines over the internet, and I rarely use windows so am distrustful of it in general. Specifically: Is there any sort of check that the server is the ...
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What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider?

What security features and qualifications should we look for in an online backup provider for an Internet-exposed web server storing sensitive data? In the backups themselves - encryption type, ...
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What is the likelihood of getting sensitive information off of a backup tape?

For purpose of the quesition, I am going to paint a picture: A system administrator maintains and backs up a production server for clients with sensitive financial information (account numbers, ...
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How to securely delete a table in MS-Access?

I have a Windows 7 computer which currently has a large working Microsoft Access 2007 database on it containing some tables with confidential data. I would like to securely delete/remove the tables ...
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Should I mount my mac Truecrypt Volume elsewhere?

I've read in various places to not mount your truecrypt volume in the same place as your Dropbox or Sugarsync folder. I believe this only matter for Mac/Linux, but I need some verification. On a Mac, ...
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Do Auditors use a specific methodology or framework when auditing IT Backup policy? [closed]

I am wondering if IT Auditors use a methodology or framework to audit a backup policy. Here is a example of a different kind incase my question does not make sence: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A ...
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Tools needed to setup a paranoid remote backup server

I'm a system admin with little security experience. I want to schedule the copying of our backups to protect our data in case of fire. The best solution would be to copy the data onto a new ...